Columbus-Lowndes Public Library exhibiting local quilts and hosting storytellers

Date(s) - 03/12/2014-04/01/2014
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Columbus-Lowndes Public Library


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COLUMBUS, Miss.—The Columbus Public Library is hosting its annual display of local quilts now through the end of April. In conjunction, the library will present two talks on the history, artistry, and uses of quilts.

The first event will be Tuesday, April 1st at 2 pm when storyteller and fiber artist Diane Williams will discuss the Kente cloth weaved fibers of West Africa and the utilitarian quilts made by African slaves in America who sewed for their owners. Williams is inspired by the West African historians and storytellers known as “griot’s” and uses her storytelling skills to explore how images – in pictures, but also in quilts – can guide us to a place of tolerance, empathy and sensitivity. She will also explore the works of Harriet Powers (1837-1910) and three other female fiber artists. Powers was a model for women quilters of the late 19th – early 20th centuries. In her discussion of 20th and 21st century quilting, Williams uses the work of Faith Ringgold, Carolyn L. Mazloomi and Mississippi quilter/fiber artist Gwen Magee.

The second event will be held Thursday, April 24th at 2:00 pm. There, Elizabeth Simpson, Sara Delaoch, and the ladies of her Columbus sewing circle will have several hand-sewn quilts telling the stories of the Underground Railroad to explain how people communicated during a difficult time in history. The quilts are full of secret codes known to those searching for freedom from the bondage of slavery. Other patterns were used to convey messages such as knots, stitches, and color choices. Bits of cloth made charms believed to have protective, magical powers.

The programs are sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Both the exhibit and programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Brenda Durrett at 329-5300 or check our website at